I am 10 wks today with baby#4, pregnancy #5. here is a brief recap of the first go rounds:
Baby #1: I had stopped training pretty hard because we were having a hard time getting pregnant. In fact, it was 13months, so the doctor called to schedule me for fertility shots and I was happy to tell them I didn’t need them! I ran for 32 weeks. I gained about 30-35 lbs, though honestly, I stopped looking, because it is pretty hard at the end. I was very careful in regards to my training (not my weight). I kept dreaming of delivering a baby with eyes that rolled around in her like an old doll. I didn’t. I had a healthy baby boy. I first ran 6weeks after the birth (2miles), and I was the sorest I had ever been in my whole life!
Baby #2: Surprise! I’m pregnant. I had just started to break 20min in a 5k again, and then suddenly I couldn’t. I thought I was not getting my period because of breastfeeding and “getting skinny” but that was not it. Baby #2, the best surprise ever. I was scared because my first son was a terror of a newborn but I knew I didn’t want an only child…so eventually I would have to deal with a newborn again, but surprise, my #2 was an angel, sweet and wonderful in all the ways you can imagine! I was not careful about my running, I just read that I could keep doing what I was and maintained that. I ran a 22min 5k at about 6 or 7 months. I ran up until 10 days before he was born. I was back in 3weeks. racing low 19min in the 5k by the time my son was 3 or 4months.
Pregnancy #3: I miscarried at 9 weeks, and although my running had nothing to do with it, I was in really great shape when I got pregnant, and tried to maintain that level. I also drank a lot of coffee during this time, and I think that was more of a factor than running.
Baby #3: I ran an 18:29 right before I confirmed this pregnancy. I tried to stay at about 40miles a week, or at least that effort, combining pool running and lap swimming. I was more careful than with Baby #2, because of the loss before. I ran races for fun, but didn’t push it. I ran up until about 37 weeks..then I ran the day before I had my daughter, just 5k, but something!